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Apr 19, 2011 07:02 PM

Any suggestions for good clam chowder and seafood eats in Pismo Beach ,ca?

I'm heading there tomorrow, much appreciation and thanks for all advice given.
Price range any and all , Thanks fellow chowhounds!

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  1. i must be a party of one because I never see anyone else make this recommmendation, but we are totally hooked on the Phithy Phil ribs at Mo's on the main drag of Pismo Beach that heads down to the pier. I know you asked for fish, but "Mo knows BBQ but he don't know fish and he don't know chowda" (his famous line painted on the walls of his BBQ place.

    Other menu items may not reach BBQ perfection like the Philthy Phil ribs, but if this is what you might want to try I hope you too enjoy this place as much as we have.

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    1. re: glbtrtr

      Thanks glbtrtr for the BBQ tip at Mo's! If we go for ribs as our meal, i'll be sure to give my thoughts!

    2. Among the best are Splash Cafe, Brad's and a very nice version at Rosa's. All have won awards, so take a pick.

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      1. re: Bruce in SLO

        Bruce, thank you for the prompt response to my inquiries Very nice
        That both have won awards for their chowder.
        Will let you know what the outcome of my tastings are.

        1. re: foodiecurious

          Splash Cafe has good chowder! The Crab Claw in downtown Pismo has really good fish tacos and key lime pie. If you want a formal venue, both Mirasol@ The Cliffs Resort and Lido @ Dolphin Bay in Shell Beach are fantastic, both with oceanviews! :)

          Cliffs Resort
          2757 Shell Beach Rd, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

        2. re: Bruce in SLO

          Splash Cafe also has a location in SLO and their bakery goods are excellent.
          You can also get Splash Cafe frozen clam chowder to go at the Costco in SLO.

        3. Years ago, a friend and I made the trip up the coast and had a bowl of clam chowder at both Brad's and Splash (they're right next to each other, so it's not hard to do.) I recall that Splash was by far the more flavorful chowder. Why don't you do your own taste test and report back here? I'd love to hear someone else's opinion on this.

          Mr Taster

          N.B. Years later I tried the chowder at Kelly's in Revere Beach, Massachusetts and it's ruined me for both Brad's and Splash. Kelly's thickens their chowder with cream, not with flour, so it is a much lighter, brothier, more silky texture than the flour thickened stuff you find virtually everywhere else.

          1. Hello Everyone, Thanks for the tips on Brads and Splash's clam chowder.
            We've tried both and I do admit that Splash's chowder is much thicker, if you like that and has a butter garlic flavor component in it. Which makes it a bit richer and more flavorful.
            All in all, it was great to try both places and compare. IMO, I'm still looking for that perfect bowl of clam chowder. I know its out there. Btw: my wife loved Splash's chowder and brought home a frozen quart. Lol!

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            1. re: foodiecurious

              Was just up in Pismo Beach myself this weekend and noticed there is always a line around the block waiting to get into Splash. Meanwhile, I had my delicious Mo's Philthy Phil ribs up the street with no waiting ....... and was happy as clam. Ya see .......".Mo's don't know chowda".

              1. re: foodiecurious

                Thanks so much for reporting back. It's always great to hear about whether or not our advice still holds up!

                Mr Taster

                1. re: Mr Taster

                  Splash Cafe has it down to a science.
                  Even the bread bowl is perfectly cut with the top insert served on the side is toasted in butter.

              2. About 20 or so miles south of Pismo is Santa Maria where the Jetty is located. Best tasting clam chowder by far. Very thick and loads of clams. Tuesday is all-you-can-eat crab legs for $19.95.